October 4, 2017
Dear Neighbor,

At yesterday’s DC Council legislative meeting, I introduced two measures that will help make the District’s laws more reflective of our city in the year 2017.

First, the “Office of Nightlife Establishment Act of 2017” would create an entity to coordinate District Government agencies, businesses, and community groups to manage the after-hours economy. The bill also establishes a Commission of Nightlife to advise the Mayor, Council, and Office of Nightlife on common issues and trends relating to the after-hours economy. DC’s night time entertainment scene – including fashion, art, and music – is booming. This office will follow in the footsteps of New York City and numerous major European cities by helping the District ensure that as its vibrant nightlife industry prospers safely, the integrity of our communities is not jeopardized, community members feel a part of the process, and the development of the after-hour economy works for all residents, business owners, and visitors.

Second, I introduced the “D.C. Athletic Commission Amendment Act of 2017,” which would change the name of the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission to the DC Athletic Commission. As the District grows, and sports such as Mixed Martial Arts increase in popularity nation-wide, our licensing and regulatory commissions should reflect those changes. The bill also increases the capacity of the board by expanding it from three to five members, and provides grant making authority.

Finally, last Friday I introduced the “World Mental Health Day Recognition Resolution of 2017.” It shines a light on the serious issue of mental health by raising awareness of the globally-recognized World Mental Health Day on October 10th. Throughout our society, mental health problems remain pervasive and carry a stigma. One in five of the world’s children have a mental illness. One in four adults will experience mental health difficulties. 800,000 people commit suicide every year, and it is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year olds. We must shine a light on this. We must take steps to let our friends, families, and colleagues know that they are not alone and it is nothing to be ashamed about. As leaders in D.C. it is our responsibility to amplify this discussion.

As your representative on the DC Council, I will continue to advocate for smart legislation that moves Ward 4 and the District as a whole forward. I look forward to seeing these and other bills through the legislative process. If you have any ideas for legislation that could make a positive difference, I am always eager to hear, and I hope you will contact me at btodd@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052.


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update
Councilmember Todd Introduced:
Legislative Meeting: On Tuesday, October 3, the Council met in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for their monthly legislative meeting. Councilmember Todd introduced the following measures:

  • “Office of Nightlife Establishment Act of 2017”
    • Establishes a new Office under the Executive Office of the Mayor that would be responsible for balancing the need for growing night life and the needs of residential areas. The Office would be the point of contact after hours for businesses and residents to solve problems that are usually handled during the day. There will also be a 5 person commission that will advise and work with the Office.
    • A public hearing on this bill has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 11:00 A.M. John A. Wilson Building, Room 412, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to testify at the public hearing are asked to contact Faye Caldwell of the Committee on Government Operations at (202) 724-6663 or by email atfcaldwell@dccouncil.us and provide their name(s), address, telephone number, email address, and organizational affiliation, if any, by close of business Monday, November 6, 2017.  Each witness is requested to bring 20 copies of his/her written testimony. Representatives of organizations and government agencies will be limited to 5 minutes in order to permit each witness an opportunity to be heard. Individual witnesses will be limited to 3 minutes. If you are unable to testify at the public hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. The official record will remain open until close of business Monday, November 20, 2017. 
  • “D.C. Athletic Commission Amendment Act of 2017”
    • Proposed a new name change for the Boxing and Wrestling Commission to encompass all physical combat sports.
    • Update the Commission to comply with national rules regarding amateur boxing and include Mixed Martial Arts, and provided the Commission with grant making authority.

Councilmember also recognized “World Mental Health Day” by passing a ceremonial resolution to spread awareness about mental health, the need to make this a public discussion, and to remove the social stigma attached to it.
Upcoming Council Hearings:
Tuesday, October 10
Committee of the Whole 10:30AM RM500

  • “Paid Leave Compensation Act of 2017” B22-0130
  • “Universal Paid Leave Compensation for Workers Amendment Act of 2017” B22-133
  • “Large Employer Paid-Leave Compensation Act of 2017” B22-0302     
  • “Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2017” B22-0325
  • “Universal Paid Leave Pay Structure Amendment Act of 2017” B22-0334

Wednesday, October 11
Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, 9:30AM RM120

  • The District’s Crime Prevention Strategies for Summer 2017

Thursday, October 12
Committee on Government Operations 11:00AM RM500

  • “Office of Administrative Hearings Jurisdiction Expansion Amendment Act of 2017” B22-0334

Friday, October 13
Committee on Transportation & the Environment 11:00AM RM500

  • The State of Fields and Playgrounds Maintained by the District (Roundtable, no legislation)

For more information regarding hearings or legislation, please contact my Legislative Director, Keiko Yoshino, at kyoshino@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052

The Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Hosts Ward 4
Advisory Committee Members For Happy Hour

Last Thursday, Councilmember Todd invited Ward 4 Advisory Committee members to a happy hour at Petworth’s Homestead Food & Beverage. It was an excellent opportunity for the Councilmember and engaged Ward 4 residents to get to know each other better and renew their commitment to fostering smart policy informed from the ground-up. The Councilmember thanked the Advisory Committee members for their valuable policy recommendations and expertise, and looks forward to continuing to work together on making Ward 4 and D.C. the best they can be.

In 2015, immediately after being elected, Councilmember Todd assembled 12 Advisory Committees comprised of Ward 4 residents to provide input on specific policy areas ranging from the arts & humanities, to transportation & the environment, to seniors. To learn more about Ward 4 Advisory Committees, contact Dolly Turner, Deputy Chief of Staff, at dturner@dccouncil.us or (202) 654-6406.

A Weekend of Community Across Ward 4
This weekend, Councilmember Todd celebrated community all across Ward 4. He started off at the Petworth Market and enjoyed catching up with neighbors while picking up some delicious fresh produce. Then, the Councilmember celebrated Berean Baptist Church’s 140th anniversary and presented Pastor Childs with a Ceremonial Resolution in recognition of their 14 decades of spiritual leadership in Ward 4. He later attended the Shepherd Street block party and wished Ward 4 resident Constance Waddy a happy 100th birthday. The Councilmember finished up Saturday evening by co-sponsoring the Petworth Jazz Festival with Mayor Bowser. On Sunday, Councilmember Todd attended the 65th Annual Red Mass with the John Carroll Society. 
Mark Your Calendar

Third Annual State of the Ward 4 Senior Address:
Thurs, Oct 26th, 10 AM – 2 PM, Riggs-LaSalle Rec Center

Councilmember Todd invites all Ward 4 seniors to the Third Annual State of the Ward 4 Senior Address on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center (501 Riggs Road, NE). As in years past, the event will include health screenings, speakers, music, a host of agencies that assist seniors with aging in place, and Councilmember Todd’s State of the Ward 4 Senior address. Lunch will be served. To RSVP, contact Dolly Turner at dturner@dccouncil.us or (202) 654-6406
Important Announcements

Opportunity For Ward 4 Businesses To Bid On Purple Line Subcontracts: TOMORROW, October 5th, 1:30-3:30 PM

Hensel Phelps Construction Company invites small businesses to participate in their outreach event for the Metro’s Purple Line Operation and Maintenance Facility Bid Packages 1 & 2. The event will take place TOMORROW, October 5th, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the Holiday Inn Washington-College Park (10000 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740). To RSVP, clickHERE or contact David Fisher, Hensel Phelps Supplier Diversity Manager at 202-769-7585 or via email dfisher@henselphelps.com

Bid Package 1 includes: Concrete Material Supply, Rebar Supply, Rebar Install, Concrete Place and Finish, Structural Steel, Waterproofing, and Commissioning. Bid Package 2 includes: Masonry, Metal Panels, Glass and Glazing, Skylights, Roofing, Miscellaneous Metals, Air Barrier, Caulking & Sealants, Overhead Doors, Drywall, and Material Testing.  Bid package de-bundling will occur to maximize small business opportunities. 


AARP DC Caregiver Dream Team Dinner & Conversation: Wednesday, October 11th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Are you a current or prior Caregiver living in the District of Columbia? AARP DC is convening caregivers to form a Caregiver Dream Team on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at the City Tap House (901 9th St, NW). The newly formed team will advise and support AARP DC’s local caregiving strategy, advocacy, partnerships, communication, and community outreach efforts with a goal of connecting caregivers and their families to the resources and information they need. Dinner attendees will learn about AARP DC’s current caregiving resources, advocacy efforts and ways to help share caregiving resources and information through various communication strategies. Attendees will also have the opportunity to share suggestions on ways to better support our local caregivers! Dinner and drinks will be provided. Space is limited – Register today! If you have any questions, contact Shannon Redd at sredd@aarp.org.

All attendees must register by October 9th.

To register, visit: aarp.cvent.com/CaregiverDreamTeam


 Public Service Commission Kicks Off Winter Ready DC 2017:Thursday, October 12th, 9:30 AM

To assist District residents in preparing for winter, the Public Service Commission (PSC) launched the Winter Ready DC campaign, to oversee the winter preparations of our natural gas, electricity, and telephone providers and works closely with community partners and sister agencies.  Winter Ready DC will give residents and businesses practical information for coping with storm events and energy conservation. 
Winter Ready DC 2017 will kick-off on Thursday, October 12th with a “train the trainer” event for community and nonprofits leaders.  It will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our offices, 1325 G Street, N.W. Suite 800. This is an opportunity to hear directly from Pepco, Verizon and Washington Gas as well as District agencies.  Attendees will learn about customer assistance programs, avoiding high utility bills and handling disconnections.  There will also be home professionals and contractors on-hand offering DIY tips on winterizing your home.  If you can’t attend the event, that’s ok.  You can catch it on Facebook Live.

DC Commission On The Arts & Humanities
Accepting Grant Applications

The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (CAH) has opened applications for its Fiscal Year 2018 Cycle 2 competitive grant programs. Funds are available for a variety of arts & humanities related initiatives. To learn more about eligibility and submit an application, visit their website: dcarts.dc.gov/page/getting-started. Early submissions are highly encouraged. A number of workshops and information sessions are available to help guide you through the application process. Information on those sessions can be found HERE. Additionally, the CAH is seeking advisory review panelists for the FY18 grant season. Panelists are integral to CAH’s grants process because they review applications, provide comments, and score applications in order to recommend recipients of CAH grant awards. To nominate a panelist, click HERE

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV) — the federally-recognized statewide coalition of domestic violence programs, organization, and individuals — is calling on everyone in the DC community to join them to raise awareness about healthy relationships and take action. Nearly one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. We are all impacted by domestic violence, and each year DCCADV’s Spread Love DC campaign focuses on ways that individuals, communities, and the private sector can help prevent violence and promote healthy relationships.  

Here are some easy ways you can take action this October:

Share the message – Spread the word about Domestic Violence Awareness Month with your friends and family. 

Go Purple! – You can meet DCCADV at a metro station near you for  Paint the Town Purple, join them for a drink at Purple Night Out or register for Purple Thursday. Or find your own way to turn your office purple to raise awareness!

Save the Date: There are 30+ events happening this October to support survivors and the programs that serve them. 

Metro Extends Grace Period For Students To Obtain DC One Cards: November 13th

All students must use DC One cards to ride Metro beginning November 13. Metro has extended the current “grace period” for District of Columbia school students who use Metro to travel to and from school under the District’s “Kids Ride Free” program. Beginning November 13, all students will be required to use a DC One card when entering or exiting the rail system or when boarding a Metrobus. Any student without a DC One card will be required to pay the regular fare before riding. 

Compliance with the “no tap, no ride” rule is necessary to ensure that Metro can quickly and accurately account for young riders who may be traveling unaccompanied, and to ensure that Metro is properly accounting for rides taken under the program. Metro is reminding students, parents, and school officials that use of the “swing gates” at station entrances is not permitted, and that all passengers – including DC One card holders – must properly tap their card when using the system.

To learn more about the DC One Card program, visit: ddot.dc.gov/page/school-transit-subsidy-program

Mental Health First Aid Training Available


In recognition of World Mental Health Day on October 10th, please consider joining the rising number of people in the community who are becoming “First Responders” to help those in need. One in four Americans live with a mental health problem each year. Yet, far too many – up to two-thirds – go without treatment.   Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.  Learn techniques on how to observe signs and symptoms of mental health disorders. Gain tools on how to better communicate with co-workers, customers, clients, loved ones and others who may be experiencing a crisis. Also find out the best way to get them help. 

If you are interested in learning more, email Ms. Hasaani Hylton at hhylton@gafsc-dc.org.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute At American University Announces Fall, 2017 Lecture Series

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University has released its Fall, 2017 lecture series. Topics range from art, music, and literature to public policy, economics, and politics to astrophysics, history, and sports. Registration ahead of time is required due to limited seating. For more information on the specific lectures, time, and location, visit: /www.olli-dc.org/lecture_series.

Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd
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Sherryl H. Newman
Chief of Staff
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Jackson Carnes
Director of Constituent Services
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Keiko Yoshino
Legislative Director
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Temi F. Bennett
Legislative Counsel
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Faye Caldwell
Special Assistant
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Christine Kulumani
Legislative Counsel
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Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff
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Malcolm Jolly
Constituent Service Coordinator
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Gary Johnson
Constituent Service Coordinator
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Joshua Fleitman
Communications Specialist
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 Manny Geraldo
Senior Legislative Counsel
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Jordan Strudwick
Scheduler/Special Assistant
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Jacqueline Campbell
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